Tokyo/San Francisco — Yahoo Japan, the country’s biggest online auction site, is rebuffing calls to end online ivory trading despite Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s misgivings over facilitating a business blamed for the illegal slaughter of African elephants. Yahoo Japan does not accept that ivory sold on its platform — supposedly imported into Japan before a 1989 ban on international shipments — is a factor behind the sharp rise in poaching on the African savannah in recent years. Dismissing animal rights campaigners’ concerns, even though the ivory business contributes a fraction of its sales, Yahoo Japan also argues that so long as no laws are broken, people should be able to trade whatever they like on the internet. "We want to provide an internet auction site, where people can trade freely and at this moment, we have no intention of banning legal trading without any reason," a spokesman for Yahoo Japan said. "We don’t believe the ivory sales contribute to a fall in elephant numbers,"...

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